This June Dr. Alida Allison will speak at three Chinese universities: Yunnan University (in Kunming) and Beijing Normal University and Capitol Normal University (both in Beijing). Children’s Literature is booming in China--not only in the publishing arena but at universities as well—and Dr. Allison will be discussing approaches to Children’s Literature as an academic field of study.
Dr. Allison will already be in China for other reasons. Last year she was selected for the China Studies Institute, a program meant to help professors (from varied disciplines) integrate material about China into the courses they teach. Last summer she "trained" in extended seminars offered by linguists, anthropologists, economists, political scientists, government advisers, and other China scholars. This summer Dr. Allison and colleagues will travel to Shanghai, Xiamen, and Beijing to broaden their understanding of the country, its peoples and cultures.